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If you have questions, contact Sean Downey, Program Coordinator of the Post Bacc Program, or Christine Dunant, Senior Academic Administrator for the Fine Arts Department at Brandeis. Or give us a call at (781) 736-2655.

Post-Baccalaureate Program

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The Post-Baccalaureate Program in Studio Art at Brandeis University provides its students the space to grow as artists and develop a portfolio for graduate school admission or a studio practice.


The Post-Baccalaureate Program in Studio Art at Brandeis University propels its students forward in their careers. The program can help artists prepare a portfolio for graduate school admission or develop a studio practice necessary to succeed in a professional environment. Through critiques and studio visits, students have frequent interaction with Brandeis faculty that is critical to the development of their work. Another important component is the visiting artist program that brings talented artists to campus to visit students’ studios, critique work, and give lectures. Independent work is also a vital cornerstone of the program and each student is given a large private studio for his or her practice. The Rose Art Museum, located directly on Brandeis’ campus, provides students with a unique opportunity to interact closely with contemporary art. In addition to the visiting artist program, the Rose Art Museum frequently brings contemporary artists to campus and post-baccalaureate students have many opportunities to benefit from these artists as well. 

Graduates of the post-baccalaureate program have gone on to the best graduate schools in the country. Other graduates chose to pursue their studio practice professionally. Graduates have found success following either path.


Brandeis University recognizes the great expense of graduate studies and therefore is a more affordable option than many other programs. The program is under 20 - current tuition is $18,870 a year. 


Each student is guaranteed at least one course assistantship in the beginning-level studio courses or a technical assistantship. The professors that students assist provide instructions on duties and responsibilities. The stipend is $2,000 per course/assignment.


For purposes of federal financial aid eligibility, the post-baccalaureate program students are considered enrolled in "preparatory coursework to enroll in a graduate program."  Independent students are eligible to borrow a total of $12,500 (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Dependent students may borrow a total of $7,500 (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Students can only receive a Direct Loan for a two-semester period (one year) per Federal regulations. Students must be enrolled in at least half-time status (2 courses per semester minimum).  Unsure if you are considered an independent student or a dependent student?  Find out here: Post-baccalaureate program students are NOT eligible to apply for the Direct PLUS Loan (also referred to as the GraduatePLUS loan or GradPLUS loan).